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How to boot Windows ISO installation using PXE (without Windows AIK or whatever)

I have a Linux PXE server. Can boot into Linux ISO installers using PXE with no problems. But how can I do it with Windows ISO? Just start the installation. Without creating some stuff (winpe) under ...
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Can I create a bootable Linux live USB flash drive using a Windows computer?

I have a rescued 2013 MacBook Air with a broken screen backlight due to a beverage spill and missing its internal SSD. I don't yet have any OS installed on it. I have access only to (32 bit) Windows ...
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Controlling encoding of redirected win console command output

Here is what I want to do: Redirecting properly the output of console applications (I use the misuse term command in the rest of the message) into a file with 1252 encoding (to make it readable from ...
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Windows: How to add batch-script action to Right Click menu

I have a few programs that creates temp files or backup files or similar files that are not important. For example, GVim for Windows by default creates a backup file in filename.txt~. I sometimes ...
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Bcdedit's /sysstore: What is the “system partition”? Is it the EFI System Partition or the Windows installation partition?

I never really got a good explanation how. From its example, it is used on the C: drive, which implies it is used on the Windows drive (with the Program Files folder, Windows folder, etc.) But ...
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Can I run xbootmgr to speed up boot times on an SSD?

It is possible to tune up the Windows boot time by using the xbootmgr tool from the Windows Performance Toolkit, as described in this related question of myself: Should I logon to Windows when using ...
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How to change default window background color in Windows 10?

In Windows 7 and Windows XP it was very easy to change the default background color of all windows to whatever you want. Staring at white window backgrounds all day is hard on the eyes. Once changed, ...
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Should I logon to Windows when using xbootmgr to speed up boot times?

The below is an (adapted) quotation from Raymond.cc (Fair Use in according to their Terms of Use): The Windows Performance Toolkit also has a command to analyze the Windows boot process and make ...
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Windows update error 80072EE2 connecting to WSUS

We have a new HP Elitebook 8440p with Windows 7 Pro 64-bit we are deploying on our network. It can run Windows Updates just fine across the Internet; however, when I point it to get Windows Update via ...
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What happens with the local virtual machine when I shutdown my PC

I have an Hyper-V virtual machine running on my PC and I'm in the middle of an installation wizard. but I have to shutdown my PC where the Hyper-V is running. My question is, what happens with the ...
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Remote desktop client (mstsc) crashes on invalid keystroke in remote environment

I'm experiencing a really strange issue where MSTSC crashes whenever I enter an invalid keystroke in the remote OS or whenever an error/warning dialog is displayed. For example, Backspacing in a CMD ...
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Having a message box used as a variable in batch program

I am attempting to have a batch program pop-up with yes or no options and depending what the user clicks will determine what the program will do. for example: @echo off Echo x=msgbox^("Yes or ...
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Complex wmi queries using execquery

In powershell I can do a query like > get-wmiobject -query 'select * from win32_groupuser' | % {[wmi]$_.partcomponent|select domain,name,SID} Which will list for each wmi, the domain, name and ...
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Batch file doesn't execute WinSCP script completely

I am working on a bat file wherein I have to login to a remove server through SFTP with WinSCP and execute a shell script and get a file to system from the remote server. Below is the code. cd ...
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Windows Explorer file property does NOT show digital signature info for some system file, why?

For example, PEauth.sys on Windows 7 and 8.1. Windows Explorer file property dialog does not show Digital Signature tab for this file, but Sysinternal sigcheck.exe says it is digitally signed. Can ...
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How to stop a computer booting into an operating system

I have Windows 7 installed on many virtual machines, when it comes to rebuilding a machine, I load the boot iso, start the machine, log onto the console and press space bar to start installing ...
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Western Digital not recognized by Windows after power Outage on windows

I have WD Essential Plus 1.5TB (formatted in NTFS). It was working fine under windows and mac mini. While it was connected to the mac mini, I had an power outage and now the HD is not being recognized ...
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Leftovers after uninstallation of software in windows

What is the process of knowing the leftover files and registry entries after the uninstallation of a software in Windows?
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Set different audio chnanel outputs for different programs

is it possible to assign programs to only output there sound to a specific side? I.e. skype only uses the left speaker/headphone while chrome uses the right speaker/headphone?
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How to load the new website IP in Windows?

I'm trying to access a website but I can not make my computer or router to recognize the new IP address. Previously, it took little time for this to happen but lately I'm waiting up to 24 hours. How ...
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Re-joining a computer to domain

I have a problem with a Windows 7 PC that had been a member of the domain. When I try to logon to this PC with domain credentials I get a message similar to The trust relationship between this ...
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Why does my Xerox network laser printer silently fail to print some documents?

I've recently encountered a mysterious problem with my Xerox Phaser 6180N networked colour laser printer in which certain documents fail to print from Microsoft Word. When the problem appears the ...
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Mounting a remote filesystem on Windows 10 using Bash

Now, that windows 10 is out I started wondering about something. Unix based systems have the possibility to mount remote filesystems using ssh. In a recent article I've read that Windows 10 Has ...
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how to use Null is Batch script

I working on small program to update the configuration of small program, I'm new to batch script, user need to enter desired input to go to desired program and I have 5 set of programs with in the ...
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How to find all files that consist only of null bytes (any number of them)

I need to find all the files on my HDDd that contains only (any number of) NULL bytes. How can I do it on Windows machine. Or with Linux tools live CD? Background: Something has malformed a bunch ...
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can we print Tiff file on command line using windows photo viewer?

can we print Tiff file on command line using windows photo viewer? are there any command line options available to pass to windows photo viewer ?
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Windows 10 fail to boot with 0xc0000001 error code

Introduction Hello, I'm running multiboot installation on machine with UEFI. I have Windows 10 and Ubuntu installed, managed by Grub at startup and I have laptop working like this for about half a ...
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How to make a subst a USB drive appear as a local (non-removable) drive?

I have a set of USB drives (e.g. WD My Book) with different test data sets in different directories. I need to mount these directories as a drive letter. To accurately test the behavior, this drive ...
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Can I make the Windows 8.1 on-screen touch keyboard semi-transparent?

Is there a way to make the standard Windows 8.1 on-screen touch keyboard semi-transparent? I simply want to be able to type underneath the keyboard and still see what I'm typing, like on the picture ...
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Windows Batchfile

I m looking for a batch code that does the following JOB: Delete line 35 to 39 & 43 to 138. The result should stored(Modified) in the same file. example file name:gasdfuas7asdgfgdjf.xml Any ...
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How do I force Windows updates to install?

My computer says I have an update pending (Windows 10 Pro, version 1511, 10586), and keeps shutting it down every night to restart. However, the updates never actually install. My computer restarts, I ...
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Repairing a boot configuration data file

I have a Lenovo y510p with Windows 8.1 (64 bit). This morning I woke up to find my computer refusing to boot into Windows. Instead my screen told me: Your PC needs to be repaired. The Boot ...
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Calculate time spent on non-productive work on office personal computers (windows) [on hold]

I need to find a way in windows using a program to calculate the time spent on non-productive work on office personal computers. So, i can figure out the list of processes which are system related ...
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Keyboard shortcut to change case

Is there any keyboard shortcut to change case anywhere? By 'anywhere' I mean not in a particular program or software. We know Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V will work anywhere. Just like this, is there any keyboard ...
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Outlook 2013 crashes when sending mail

Outlook 2013 crashes when sending mail: I have just installed Outlook 2013 US version on my Win7 pc. Everytime I send a mail, Outloook chrashes, with the same error: Problem signature: ...
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Windows 7 SP1 Windows Update stuck checking for updates

I installed Windows 7 fresh and installed SP1. Now, when I try to check manually for Windows Updates it just hangs on the Checking for updates screen. I tried running this tool but this did not fix ...
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How to delete one Windows from multiboot system including recovery partition?

I installed Windows 10 first and after that Windows 7. Now I want to delete both the Windows installations and then install Windows 10 in such a way that I don't lose any data in other partitions. ...
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Unity in Multiple Virtual Desktops

I was wondering if anyone has found how to have multiple instances of the same Unity project open. I've tried using virtual desktops in Windows and it won't let me. I'm editing different scenes, but ...
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booting windows 8 from external hard drive

How I can create bootable external hard drive? or:How To Create A USB Bootable Installer Drive For Windows 8 (some websites said that you must format your HDD with FAT32 but as you know 1TB cannot ...
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Installing a 64 bit OS inside of a 32 bit OS

I am installing a 64-bit version of Windows server from within an existing x86 OS, the PC is x64. When I run setup.exe I get the following error: "Setup.exe is not a valid win32 image". I can not ...
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How to check if cygwin mintty/bash is run as administrator?

Problem Statement: What is the most elegant and robust way to test if Cygwin mintty bash session is "Run as adminstrator"? Why, specifically? I have typically several mintty terminals open when using ...
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Code 80070003 when upgrading to Windows 10 from Windows 7 64 bits

When I try to upgrade to Windows 10 using Windows 7 64 bit, I encountered the notorious Code 80070003 error. After extensive web searches, I tried the following but none worked. Attempt #1: stop the ...
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How can I tell my Win10 PC to connect to my bluetooth headphones?

I've paired some headphones to my PC. I use these headphones for both my phone and my PC. I will frequently come home with my headphones connected to my phone and want to switch them to my PC. ...
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is there any relation between dpi setting and display resolution?

I was wondering what happens when i change display resolution(i.e. 1280x1024 pixel) in my os(windows xp) does it affect the dpi(ppi) setting of my os too? or when i change the dpi(ppi) setting of my ...
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How can I get the system tray on my second monitor?

Whenever I play games, those will always launch on the main monitor. Since the system tray where the clock is located is only displayed on the taskbar on the main monitor, I can't see what time it is ...
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Determine if file is hidden or deleted

When I open MSConfig and look at all the applications set to run on startup there is a suspicious file set to run at startup. I have disabled the .exe not to run at startup but I want to delete the ...
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Windows 10 Audit Mode - Remote desktop does not work

I am in the process of building a customized image for our developers. I have a virtual machine set up with windows 10 on it, and was hoping that I could enable Remote Desktop connections and allow a ...
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Getting SID from win32_groupuser

I am trying to get the SIDs of users and groups by querying get-wmiobject -query 'select groupcomponent,partcomponent from win32_groupuser` output: __GENUS : 2 __CLASS : ...
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Avast! crashing my Windows XP?

I have got this problem at the past week: All of sudden my Firefox window freezes, I can see some website elements not loading (images etc), and then when I close Firefox (after minute of struggling), ...
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Windows Store won't launch

On my Windows 10 machine (with latest updates), when I login with my user, search for 'Store' and click on the 'Store' result. It does nothing. Start bar doesn't even close, nothing. When I login ...